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April 2, 2015

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MEXICO-OIL PLATFORM FIRE

MEXICO CITY — Ten firefighting boats are showering water onto a huge blaze that twisted and blackened an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the state-run Pemex oil company says it managed to avert any significant oil spill. By Mark Stevenson.

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MENENDEZ PROBE-DOMINICAN RESORT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A Dominican resort long known as an exclusive Caribbean hideaway, where at least three former U.S. presidents have played golf, is one of the main settings in the corruption scandal enveloping Sen. Bob Menendez. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez.

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CANADIAN DIPLOMAT-SON KILLED

MIAMI — An alleged drug deal gone bad ends in a gun battle that leaves the teenage son of a Miami-based Canadian diplomat dead and a younger son under arrest. By Curt Anderson and Rob Gillies.

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GETTY HEIR DEATH

LOS ANGELES — It’s a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. The mysterious death of J. Paul Getty’s grandson Andrew Getty is just the latest example of the latter. By Tami Abdollah and John Rogers.

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UNITED NATIONS-CHAVEZ DAUGHTER

UNITED NATIONS — With more than a million Twitter followers and no diplomatic experience, the favorite daughter of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez makes her debut as her country’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations. By Cara Anna.

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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT

ECHO LAKE, California — Faced with lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping, California’s governor orders officials to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. By Fenit Nirappil.

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MEXICO-MISSING STUDENTS

MEXICO CITY — Some of the families of 43 college students missing in southern Mexico since September say desperation and a lack of confidence in the government drove them to appeal to the leader of a drug gang for help in locating their sons. By E. Eduardo Castillo.

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BRAZIL-CHILE-PRESIDENTIAL POLLS

SAO PAULO — The once-popular presidents of Brazil and Chile have both seen their approval ratings plunge amid corruption scandals that have battered their center-left governments.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

CUBA-AIRBNB

HAVANA — The wildly popular online home-rental service Airbnb will allow American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year. By Michael Weissenstein.

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PUERTO RICO-ECONOMY

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A group of U.S. bondholders offers to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico’s power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

JONI MITCHELL HOSPITALIZED

LOS ANGELES — Joni Mitchell’s famous fans are voicing their support and worry for the folk song icon while she is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

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SPORTS:

BRAZIL-DIRTY WATER

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro’s pledge to clean up the blighted waters where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held suffers another setback as a sailing and environmental group declines a city contract to help clean up sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay. By Jenny Barchfield.

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